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Do Australian Qualifications Help? The Effect of Host Country Qualification on Migrant Participation and Unemployment

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  • JAAI PARASNIS
  • DIETRICH FAUSTEN
  • ROLAND CHEO

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The current Australian migration program rewards applicants for possessing Australian tertiary qualifications. This study examines whether such qualifications help mitigate the labour market disadvantages faced by immigrants in Australia. The effect of host country qualification on labour market assimilation is estimated by comparing the labour force participation and unemployment of natives with two groups of migrants: those holding foreign qualifications and those holding Australian qualifications. Controlling for factors such as level of education and experience, there is no evidence that Australian qualifications result in better labour market outcomes for migrants. Copyright © 2008 The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Jaai Parasnis & Dietrich Fausten & Roland Cheo, 2008. "Do Australian Qualifications Help? The Effect of Host Country Qualification on Migrant Participation and Unemployment," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(s1), pages 131-140, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:84:y:2008:i:s1:p:s131-s140
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    1. Phil Lewis & Bilal Rafi, 2014. "Earnings of Indian Male Migrants in the Australian Labour Market," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 17(3), pages 257-275.
    2. Massimiliano Tani & Christopher Heaton & Gavin Chan, 2013. "The Wage Premium of Foreign Education: New Evidence from Australia," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 46(4), pages 395-404, December.

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